Tuesday, February 17, 2015

It's Snowing! And Snowing. And Snowing...

Between a new baby and TONS of snow, we've been pretty radio silent these days.

We're getting after it as much as new parents can, and Tristan is still nursing his knee back to health while I am rediscovering my ab muscles with lots of post-natal physical therapy. We're doing great and loving every minute of this new life with this awesome little girl.

Wow, parenting is a trip and the latest in our long line of adventures. It's amazing to see her develop everyday and heartbreaking to see she already is different from who she was yesterday. I miss her yesterday-version! But I can't wait to see who she becomes.

Lots of love to everyone and enjoy all this snow!

Sunday, December 14, 2014

Tuesday, December 2, 2014


The newest little adventurer, Elise Autumn Von Duntz, was added to our home on November 11, 2014. We are so in love, and are looking forward to showing her the world. We started with one of our favorite stretches of Long Trail. (Don't worry Dr. Vogel, we just hiked a few feet in!) 

Wednesday, October 1, 2014

Women Everywhere

Have you seen the new Mountain Bike For Her magazine out of Canada? It's rad. It features beautiful photos and excellent content, but my favorite part is that is shows women as an equal part of a sport we've been participating in for decades. The imagery is my favorite - photos of women actually shredding, like we tend to do.

I see momentum building for women as we're represented more and more in the sports we love. Think Lynsey Dyer's all-women ski flick Pretty Faces and the opening segment of Warren Miller's No Turning Back featuring Jess McMillan and Ingrid Backstrom taking on big-mountain lines in the Chugach with just as much skill and even more finesse than most men. 

Check out Issue #3, including features on sustainable trail construction, nutrition and weight training, and the sisterhood of shred. While you're at it, read the other two issues as well. And keep reading! It's only going to get better.

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

What Makes You Get on Your Bike?

We love the sentiment in this video.  As cyclists, we come from all perspectives, but ultimately we're all out there together. What makes you get on your bike?

Sunday, August 10, 2014

Train Dirty


Ever heard of the Dirty 40? It's one of the most anticipated Gravel Grinds of the season. Join Onion River Sports every Monday August 11, 18, 25 right up until the Dirty 40 on the 30th.

                                        Dirty 40 Training Rides at Onion River Sports.

Tuesday, June 24, 2014

On-Trail: Fix a Flat

Check out the latest from Sarah in Women's Adventure Magazine and learn how to fix a flat tire on your next mountain bike outing. This is the first installment of a series of on-trail fixes. These tips apply to road bikes as well!

Read  the first installment, How to Fix Your Flat Tire, here.

Ride On: Support VMBA and Get a Chance to Win an Ibis Bike

Vermont has some stellar riding, and it’s only getting better.

A new statewide membership program managed by the Vermont Mountain Bike Association (www.vmba.org) aims to increase rider membership, thereby leading to more trails. To sweeten the deal, VMBA has partnered with Ibis to offer a chance to win the bike of your dreams in exchange for every $5 donation. Whether you’re a resident rider living in Vermont, a visitor, general supporter or just plain lover of new bikes, $5 is easy to part with to support more trails and for a shot at that new ride. Every $5 donated gets you a chance to win.

VMBA is the umbrella non-profit organization serving 15 mountain clubs around the state of Vermont. VMBA coordinates state level land-use agreements and landowner liability policy and provides insurance and trail grants programs, all of which directly benefit the chapters working on the ground to build more trails. When VMBA is strong, there are more resources for all of us, and that just means more riding.

Head over to VMBA (https://vmba.org/civicrm/event/register?id=17&reset=1) to make that donation and get a chance to win the bike of your dreams – you choose the model, size, color – everything! For only $5, what do you have to lose? Every $5 donated increases your odds. And even if you don’t win the bike, you get more trails, and that’s always winning.

The folks at Ibis are excited to partner with VMBA on this raffle along with RockShox, SRAM, and MTBVT. For more information about Ibis check out this recent article on Pink Bike: The Ibis Story.

Monday, June 9, 2014

Trails for the Future: VMBA Trail Building Workshop, Day One

Our local mountain bike club joined other clubs from all around the state this past weekend to attend the annual Vermont Mountain Bike Association sustainable trail building workshop. Attendance at the workshop is one of the many benefits offered to clubs that join VMBA.

The workshop was held at American Flatbread in Waitsfield, host to one end of the new Mad River Riders' Revolution Trail. We spent the morning in a classroom setting, getting to know each other and learning from some of the best: Brooke Scatchard and Mariah Keagy of Sinuosity, a local mountain bike trail design/build company.

We learned how to build trails that are environmentally sustainable and that last into the future. We took our new skills to the Revolution Trail to work on some problem spots. 

For more on sustainable mountain bike construction, you can check out the book "Trail Solutions: IMBA's Guide to Building Sweet Singletrack" and visit the International Mountain Bike Association website, where they host a variety of resources related to trail design, construction and sustainability.

Also, stay tuned for an upcoming article from me on sustainable hiking and biking trail construction in the Active Vermont section of the Sunday Rutland Herald / Times Argus on July 26, 2014.